Robert Pattinson Thought His ‘Twilight’ Fame Was a Double-Edged Sword for His Career

Though Robert Pattinson had already made a name for himself prior to starring in the Twilight movies, landing the role of Edward Cullen in the highly-successful franchise catapulted him into superstardom. The actor had already experienced an intense level of fame thanks to this role in the Harry Potter franchise. But, he was certainly new to the sustained fame that the Twilight movies provided him with.

Twilight alum Robert Pattinson
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Of course, Pattinson experienced plenty of perks thanks to the Twilight movies. Not only did his net worth grow by the millions, but he also began receiving tons of project proposals from studios and producers who wanted to work with him on future acting jobs. While it was great for Pattinson not to have to fight for roles anymore, he admitted that constantly being fed projects had a downside as well.

Robert Pattinson on how his acting career changed after ‘Twilight’

“I mean it’s definitely different,” Pattinson shared with Collider when talking about how his life had changed because of Twilight fame. “You get offered stuff that you would’ve never have dreamed of being offered before but that’s also scary as well. You don’t have to audition for anything and so you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t want to do a movie just because it gets made. I have no idea.’ It’s a scary situation to be in, in a lot of ways. You really have to question yourself a lot more than before Twilight.”

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In addition to questioning himself a lot more, Pattinson also shared that sometimes your creative freedom gets restricted when you become a high-profile actor. While he admitted that he could get better and more enviable acting jobs post-Twilight, he had to start worrying about appeasing people should he accept said jobs. “You always think, ‘Oh, when I’ve done a big movie -‘ because when you haven’t got a big movie behind you and you’re not bankable everyone is like, ‘He’s not bankable enough,’ and so you can’t get the kinds of roles you want to get.”

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Pattinson continued on to discuss the highs and lows of fame. “Then when you do you have to, especially with a movie like this where there’s a perceived specific audience which I think that people are quite confused about as well, but people start thinking, ‘You need to get this audience and you need to do this and that and you need to look a certain way,’ and so on. There are limitations to it as well. Whereas when no one is watching your movies and you get a part you can do whatever the hell you want because that’s just the way that it is. So there are good and bad points either way.”

It’s clear that Pattinson’s immense fame came with some pros and cons. But he seems to have found a way to navigate his career in a successful way. As the actor is currently filming, The Batman, another film that’s slated to be a part of a huge franchise, the decisions that he’s made seem to have worked out well for him.